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download and webpage load speed

by JimPyne / December 11, 2007 11:53 PM PST

I recently got broadband high-speed internet and not long after, my desktop's (XPpro SP2) web page and download speeds have slowed to almost a stand still. My laptop which runs Vista Home Premium on the same connection DOES NOT experience the same slowness - so it can not be the connection.

I've tried firefox and IE and seen no difference. I have programs that use the internet connection that often time out. Programs such as the game installer and updater Steam.

I had a PCI network adapter installed before this became a problem and I tested both it and the integrated network adapter on the motherboard - no change to the problem. I have since removed the PCI adapter thinking that it was causing an error somwhere - again, no change to the problem

I've run a few different free anti-spyware and anti-virus utilities that did find a couple things but have not cleared up this particular problem.

By the time I got to System Restore, there weren't any saves on a date prior to when this starting happening.

I haven't been able to get Safe Mode with networking to really get networking - I launch Firefox or IE and it goes straight to "Page cannot be displayed"

What could this be? A virus that was not detected or my motherboard going bad?

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A rather long discussion about this ended with...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 11, 2007 11:57 PM PST

"Oh, I had installed a special HOSTS file."

Are there any items you can add to your post?

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by JimPyne / December 12, 2007 12:12 AM PST

Hosts? Not that I am aware of. I see what I can find.

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Let's try some of the usuals.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 12, 2007 12:32 AM PST
In reply to: ?
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by JimPyne / December 12, 2007 1:06 AM PST

I did those things again - cleaned up all drives and cleared the temp files and all that usual maintence stuff again.

After several minutes of loading the speakeasy test webpage the results for my desktop are as follows:
619kbps down 373kbps up
compared to my laptop (which loaded the page in an instant)clocked in at
6757kps down and 362kbps up
I don't think it's the connection. Both of these machines are connected with cat5e to the Linksys router which is connected to the Linksys cable modem.

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You haven't given many clues.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 12, 2007 1:09 AM PST
In reply to: yup

But try the usual WINSOCKFIX to toss out other usuals. There could be issues with those that run 2 firewalls but I see no big clue in your posts so we just try the usuals.


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Generic Host Process for Win32 Services encountered problem
by JimPyne / December 12, 2007 1:56 AM PST

Winsock seemed to work - for 2 minutes.

Now when the computer boots to the desktop I get two errors:
one for svchost.exe memory read error and the one behind it is
Generic Host Process for Win32 Services has encounted a problem and needs to close.

Now, anything network related appears to freeze the system short of being able to restart from the task manager.

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That's a great clue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 12, 2007 2:13 AM PST
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Thank You
by JimPyne / December 12, 2007 2:23 AM PST
In reply to: That's a great clue.

Thanks for all your help

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